WASHINGTON — Six areas have survived the primary spherical of cuts and are nonetheless in into consideration to grow to be the brand new headquarters for U.S. Space Command, the Air Pressure introduced Thursday.
The six areas embody 4 Air Pressure installations — Kirtland Air Pressure Base in New Mexico, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, Patrick AFB in Florida, and Peterson AFB in Colorado — in addition to Redstone Military Airfield in Alabama and Port San Antonio in Texas, which was dwelling to the previous Kelly Air Pressure Base and presently hosts Air Nationwide Guard and reserve operations.
“Self-nominated communities from throughout twenty-four states have been evaluated as potential areas for internet hosting the headquarters,” the Air Pressure mentioned in a information launch.
“The Division of the Air Pressure evaluated every location and can now conduct each digital and on-site visits at every candidate location to evaluate which location is finest suited to host the U.S. House Command Headquarters. This evaluation might be primarily based on elements associated to mission, infrastructure capability, neighborhood help, and prices to the Division of Protection.”
At occasions, the competitors amongst cities has been politically contentious.
A memo itemizing potential U.S. House Command areas leaked to the press in 2019, and included 4 bases in Colorado — Buckley Air Pressure Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Pressure Station, Peterson Air Pressure Base (the command’s present, however non permanent dwelling) and Schriever Air Pressure Base — in addition to Redstone Arsenal and Vandenberg Air Pressure Base in California.
That raised the ire of Florida lawmakers, who argued for the Air Pressure to rethink bases of their dwelling state. In March, House Pressure Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson informed the Home Armed Providers Committee that he had been instructed to restart the competitors, and the Air Pressure in Could launched new standards for the headquarters location.
The present candidate areas are extra geographically distributed than these within the preliminary listing, with just one Colorado base remaining in competition. In the meantime, Vandenberg AFB has dropped off the listing of candidate areas, and it seems the Florida delegation was profitable in elevating the profile of one among its native bases.
The brand new headquarters is anticipated to host 1,400 navy and civilian personnel. Past that, the brand new command will most likely show a draw for main area trade gamers and authorities contractors — all issues that would profit a area’s financial system and drive up employment numbers.
The Air Pressure plans on deciding on a ultimate House Command headquarters location in early 2021. Till then, Peterson AFB stays the interim headquarters.